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2012 Cadillac CTS

The 2012MY Cadillac CTS has been updated with a redesigned front grille, a modified V6 power unit and a brand new Touring Package edition. These improvements are going to be available for all three versions of the CTS, including sedan, coupe and the Sport Wagon. First deliveries are expected to occur this late summer.

2012 Cadillac CTS

Without any doubt, the most significant change in the updated model is the revised V6 3.6-liter engine, which now features bigger intake valves, along with an improved intake port design. In addition, they’ve also managed to reduce the weight of the engine by 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg) by using an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design, a lighter structural front cover, new connecting rods, as well as a new composite intake manifold.

2012 Cadillac CTS

Along with a lower curb weight, this updated version of the engine develops 318 hp and a peak torque of 275 lb.-ft (372 Nm), which is a little bit more than the old V6 that delivered 304 hp and 273 lb.-ft (370 Nm). Fuel consumption remains the same, at 18 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

With the 2012MY, there is a new Touring Package that is available for the V6 3.0-liter and 3.6-liter engines. This adds a new bespoke grille that has a dark finish, sueded seat inserts, shift knob and steering wheel, along with a dark Sapele wood interior trim. In addition, customers that choose this optional package will also get chrome door handles, while the 3.0-liter version comes with 18-inch rims that have a pearl-nickel finish. The more powerful 3.6-liter model features 19-inch polished wheels and 14-way adjustable performance seats from Recaro.

All three models will get Bluetooth support as standard, while the side blind-zone alert technology will be an optional feature for the CTS Coupe model.

Source: Cadillac via Carscoop

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Without any doubt, 2010 was a good idea for the automotive market, with many important new releases and significant updates of cars already launched. Making a top 10 of the most important cars of the year can be a little subjective, but many of you will agree at least with half of them and others are free to suggest other cars that they consider to be worth introducing in our top, either by making it longer or by replacing other models. Without further ado, here are the 10 most important car releases of the year:

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Back for its 6th generation in 2010, the Golf GTI is a little bit more powerful and larger, but keeping the same spirit as the original variant which was launched back in 1976, a car that brought a new term to the automotive market – hot hatch. Why did it make our top? Simple, it is a relatively affordable car, offering a lot of practicality while at the same time it is very fun to drive, powered by a 200 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine which is not only smooth, but also quite responsive. The engine can be linked to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual. The base price for the Golf GTI is $24,189. Fuel economy is 21-24 mpg city / 31-32 mpg, according to EPA raitings.

Porsche Boxster / Cayman

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayman

With the new models, the power went up by 10 hp for the Boxster and 20 hp for the Cayman, while the “S” siblings got extra 15 / 25 hp. Both offer some of the best driving pleasures in a car, making them even more rewarding than the much expensive and iconic 911 model. Both cars are really fun to drive with the manual gearbox and if you don’t want to do the entire job yourself, for extra money you could get the dual-clutch PDK transmission. Not only they are fast, but at the same time they provide a high level of luxury inside the cockpit, offering plenty of cargo rooms for two people thanks to the two trunks available.  The base price for the Boxster is $48,550 while the Cayman can be acquired at a starting price of $62,450. The engines can be linked to either a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission or a standard 6-speed gearbox. Fuel economy is 19-20 mpg city / 26 – 29 mpg highway.

Mazda 3 / Speed3

Mazda 3

For the new version, the Mazda 3 model is powered by a 148 hp engine while the “s” variant is equipped with a 167 hp power unit. Both versions don’t look like the rest of the so-called “econoboxes” and feature high quality materials, good ride feeling and solid chassis control. Let’s not forget about the Mazdaspeed 3 which is equipped with a powerful 263 hp engine. Similar to the BMW 3-Series, the Mazda 3 has a bundle of features in all of the trim levels available, making it a very balanced car. The basic price for the standard version is $16,045 while the “s” goes for $19,790. If you want the extra muscle under the hood, the Mazdaspeed 3 will set you back $23,945. The available transmissions are the 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and the 5-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. According to EPA, the Mazda 3 will do 18-25 mpg city / 25-33 highway.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda Miata

Yes we know that this is another Mazda, but the car was too good to not be included in our top 10. The Miata is probably the most popular model from Mazda and although it has only a 167 hp power unit (158 hp with the automatic gearbox), it is one of the most fun to drive sports car in the world. What makes it so great? It is very easy to drive, the gear changes are done in an instant and the steering is borderline perfect. We almost forgot the affordable selling price which starts from only $23,560. It still is affordable (a little above the $30k mark) if we add the optional features like the power-retractable hardtop or the leather seats. The transmissions available for the Miata include the 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and the 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. According to the EPA ratings, the car will do 21-22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Cadillac CTS / CTS-V

Cadillac CTS

Finally, something made in the US of A. The Caddy benefits from an exquisite interior that looks and feels expensive and the cabin room is far more spacious in comparison to other cars that are priced in the same category. From the outside, the CTS looks great, managing to mix comfort, driving dynamics and refinement in a very exciting way. New to the lineup is the Sport Wagon offered with a 304 hp V6 3.-6 liter. If this isn’t enough, you might as well go for the CTS-V which is powered by a massive 556 hp supercharged engine, making it one of the best alternatives for the German cars. The entry-level engine is the 3.6-liter V6 DOHC 24-valve power unit that is capable of outputting 270 hp and 223 lb-ft. The base price for the CTS is $37,555 while the CTS-V can be yours for $62,845. The engines can be linked to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. According to the EPA ratings, the car will do 12-18 mpg city / 18-27 mpg highway.

In the second part of the article we will be presenting the five remaining cars of our top 10: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord, Honda Fit, Audi S4 and the BMW 3-Series / M3. Feel free to suggest other cars that you consider worth belonging to this top, there are no restrictions or conditions, but we do require enough reasons to determine us to include the car(s) into the list. If we receive a positive feedback, we will do a follow-up top of the best car releases in 2010.

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It seems that the rumors were true about a convertible Cadillac CTS Coupe. The experts at Drop Top Customs are in fact working on such a project, and will reveal the topless Caddy at the SEMA Show later this year.

We now have the first official sketches, above and below, showcasing the new Cadillac CTS Coupe with a folding cloth top instead of its angular roof.



For those not in the know, Cadillac has denied that a convertible will appear in the already impressive CTS range (sedan, wagon and coupe), so the guys at Drop Top Customs decided to try their hands on the popular Caddy.

Expect more details as we approach the start of the SEMA Show on November 2 in Las Vegas.

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Many automakers offer convertible versions of their popular, performance oriented models. But for those who don’t, coachbuilders and customizers are more than happy to offer their services.

One such example is Florida-based Drop Top Customs, which has been offering conversion kits and soft-top versions of cars since the 1970s. After showcasing the convertible editions of the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro, it seems a new project is being prepared.

According to a report, seeing as how Cadillac won’t be offering a convertible version of the new CTS Coupe, Drop Top Customs is researching the project. The CTS family is already pretty large, with the popular sedan, the SportWagon and the new Coupe, which arrives in dealerships at the end of summer.

Going by tradition, the conversion will see this CTS Convertible boast a folding cloth top, and the price should be around the $20,000 mark.

No concrete announcement was given, so you’ll still need to enjoy that CTS Coupe with its regular roof.

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Right after Ford’s Lincoln premium brand has announced that it is offering free maintenance to anyone purchasing a model from now to Labor Day in September, GM’s Cadillac division has also announced its own offer.

Cadillac has revealed that it will be offering free maintenance to all 2011 model year vehicles, starting with the CTS Coupe which hits dealerships at the end of summer. The offer, named Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance, covers a four year or 50,000 miles period, much better than Lincoln’s. It only guarantees scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, filter changes and regular inspections though, unlike Lincoln’s which also covered brake pad or wiper blade replacement.

Even though it has been experiencing some pretty good sales, Cadillac has been lagging when compared to last year’s sales figures. As such, this free maintenance offer might help improve the sales of new models like the CTS Coupe, as well as established ones like the CTS sedan or the SRX.

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We’ve seen our fair share of vigilantes over the years, but while we can’t say we condone such practices (leave crime fighting to the police), some examples are just too awesome to pass.

Such is the case with a Cadillac CTS driver in China, who decided to stop a thief by drifting his car in front of the baddie that just stole the purse of a woman on the street.

The whole video is just too awesome for words, and we can just thank road surveillance cameras for capturing this Cadillac-driving hero of our time. Check out the video after the jump!
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It seems owning a car in a cold weather state in the US is proving to be quite hazardous to the safety of the vehicle. We’ve seen quite a few recalls issued for northern states for various models, and now Cadillac is joining the fray, by calling back all 2003-2007 CTS models, due to a brake problem.

Once again, the road salt used in clearing up snow is to blame, as it can infiltrate the front brake hose, eventually leading to a leak. This in turn results in longer stopping times and lengths, which, as you can imagine, isn’t very good when driving a car.

In case you live or purchased a car in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia or Wisconsin, you need to get your CTS to your local dealerships ASAP.

Owners will be notified in May, and you may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339.

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Cadillac is extremely careful with its CTS range, which has become emblematic of the luxury carmaker’s revival. While the regular models like the sedan, coupe or sport wagon are all fine and dandy, the V Series performance editions have gathered the most fans.

That’s why the CTS-V, in its sedan and coupe body form, have impressed a lot of people. But ever since the introduction of the wagon in the regular range, some voices, albeit in a minority, have been clamoring for a V-badged performance version.

For those people, we have good news, as your days of waiting are coming to an end with the start of the New York Auto Show, when Cadillac will officially unveil the CTS-V Sport Wagon show car. While badged as only for show, production is already speculated to start at the end of the year.



What will you be getting? In simple terms, a CTS-V sedan with extra space and hauling capacity. The 556 HP 6.2-liter V8 is still alive and kicking rather hard under the bonnet (551 lb-ft of torque), and the special features, from Brembo brakes, to 19-inch wheels wrapped in performance tires and even magnetic ride control are working fine.

As we revealed above, the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon will be showed off in New York, and exit the assembly line at the end of the year. Until then, wagon fans will need to save up some money, as rumors pin the start price at $61,000.

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The Cadillac CTS-V is one superb model, offering great performance and wrapping it in one aggressive all-American package. But while its 556 HP extracted from the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 is plenty of power for the average consumer, the tuners at Hennessey still saw enough room for improvement.

As such, the company released the V700 upgrade package, which, as you might have guessed, takes the output of the engine to over 700 HP. This massive increase is due to a new cold air intake system, a smaller supercharger pulley, updated ECU, longer tube headers, a three-inch exhaust system complete with high-flow cats and an upgraded intercooler, among other things.

All these changes take the CTS-V’s output to a whopping 707 HP, with 701 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 62 mph time is now rated at 3.3 seconds, while the top speed is 211 mph. Just to give us a treat of that power, Heneessey also took the car out for some drag racing, and caught it on film. Hit the jump to see a video of the tuned Cadillac CTS-v run the quarter-mile in 11.14 seconds.
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Up until recently, in case you wanted a performance sedan, European carmakers were the go-to solution, but with the CTS-V, Cadillac established itself quite firmly on the market, offering a quality and sporty solution.

Now, as the Detroit Auto Show is just days from opening its doors, the US carmaker showed off the CTS-V Coupe version, which is based on the recently launched body style for the CTS. Bringing almost the exact performance from the sedan, extracted from the 6.2-liter supercharged V8, but without the two extra doors, the CTS-V coupe will definitely turn some heads and empty out some pockets.

“The CTS-V Coupe marries our most potent and sophisticated technology with our most dramatic production design,” said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. “This combination of visual and technical attributes is designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car consumers.”

Just as a reminder, the 556 HP sportscar will enter production this summer, so you’d better start pre-ordering right now. Stay tuned next week for the official debut of the model in Detroit, alongside another concept, the Cadillac XTS.

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While everyone is preparing for the winter holidays, Cadillac is getting ready for the 2010 edition of the Detroit Auto Show, which will start in January, next year. As such, the company has unveiled two surprises it will bring at the famous show: a production-ready version of the CTS-V Coupe and a brand new concept.

While everyone already expected the recently unveiled CTS Coupe to receive the high performance CTS-V edition next year, nobody expected new concept car from Cadillac. Rumors are already flying around, in regards to this new model, some saying that it will foreshadow the ATS lineup from the American brand which will take on rivals like the BMW 3 Series or the Audi A4, but some people are also speculating that it will be something completely new from Caddy.

Until the Detroit show starts, we can only take a glimpse at the CTS-like headlight the company attached to the press release, teasing the new concept.

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Cadillac was beginning to loose its edge on the performance market until it released the CTS model, which immediately saw the CTS-V high performance sedan. The model already proved it can stand up with all the other four-door performance cars, and now, with the CTS-V Coupe preparing for launch, it will take the fight to that segment of the market.

But with the regular CTS lineup now including a sedan, a station wagon and the new coupe, it seemed logical that Cadillac would be preparing a convertible right? Well you’re wrong about that, as the company recently denied the plans for a convertible CTS Coupe, saying that such a variant isn’t on the drawing board.

Too bad though, as there were certainly many people which hoped for such a model. Luckily though, they won’t mind all that much with settling for a regular CTS Coupe.

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The Los Angeles Auto Show’s 2009 edition was eagerly awaited by many car enthusiasts, but with the recent announcement that Cadillac will debut its new CTS Coupe at that convention, even more people got excited.

In order to satisfy those who couldn’t make it and admire the newest coupe from the Cadillac line, the company revealed a new video with its General Manager, Bryan Nesbitt, which walks around the car and reveals its many features.

Hit the jump to see the video presentation of the Cadillac CTS Coupe!

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While plenty of Cadillac fans were quite happy with the CTS, some of them believed that true performance can only come from a coupe model, and weren’t swayed by the quite powerful CTS-V, which showed its strengths on multiple occasions.

Now, for such fans, Cadillac has revealed the CTS coupe model, a very bold and aggressive statement, which will take the fight to European modes like the BMW 3 Series coupe or Audi A5. The standard version will be powered by the direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 engines, which develops 304 HP and 273 lb-ft of torque. Paired with the standard Aisin six-speed manual gearbox, expect 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, if you opt for the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed ‘box, expect 17/26. You can also choose between rear and all-wheel drive, as well as between the performance package, which includes 18-inch wheels, or the summer tire performance package, which has 19-inch ones wrapped in summer tires (duh!) and larger brakes.

In terms of design though, the new CTS coupe is quite a looker, and strays quite far from the lines of the sedan model, managing to pull off some sharp angles with the windshield and rear window, as well as hiding the B pillar and an ingenious set of door handles.

Expect the new model in 2010, alongside a high performance V Series version, which will offer some interesting thrills. Until then, enjoy the gallery below, and leave a comment with your thoughts on this new model.

Photo Gallery: 2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe

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At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cadillac will present their new 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. Based in the CTS sport sedan, the Sport Wagon’s styling include signature V-shaped deck and tailgat, large, vertical taillamps with light-pipe technology, power-opening liftgate (via key fob or in-vehicle button), CHMSL integrated in subtle roof spoiler. Besides that, the car also features integrated roof load management system with cross bars, cargo management system with adjustable in-floor containment, new 19-inch wheels and a larger panoramic rear sunroof.

Under the hood, the CTS Sport Wagon is available with two versions of the 3.6 liter V6 engine. The first one develops 304 hp (227 kW), produces 25 percent less emissions and has a fuel economy of 26 mpg highway rating. The standard 3.6 liter VVT engine produces 263 hp (196 kW) and 253 lb.-ft. of torque (343 Nm) and serves as the base engine in North America. The engines are matched with six-speed transmissions, including an Aisin six-speed manual or an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic. Also, an efficient 250 hp 2.9 liter turbo-diesel engine is being developed for European and Asian markets.

Following the Pebble Beach premiere, the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon will arrive into Cadillac dealerships in spring 2009.

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